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Issued at 1/08/2015 6:45am. Valid till 2/08/2015 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
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Largest
Small
Trend
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Time of day
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Time of day
All day
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Over 10 cms of new snow overnight. Wind-slab and scouring at ridge-crest will be widespread. Winds have been very strong from several directions over the past 24 hrs. Be conservative on steep terrain in start zones on all aspects, avoid stiff windslab snow as the slab will be sitting on a slick sliding surface. The weight of a single skier/rider will be enough to trigger a slide. Strong SW winds have been active overnight, turning NW today and slowly moderating. Information is limited this morning. It should be a good afternoon for some backcountry turns, be mindful of all the wind over the past 24 hrs, new snow could be covering obvious slab snow. Moderate open terrain will be your safest option today.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
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gauge
Increasing
No change
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Time of day
clock
Time of day
12pm - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
A sunny afternoon is forecast, this will soften the snowpack. Choose moderate terrain and avoid terrain traps at mid to lower elevations on W to N aspects this afternoon. Heavy wet snow avalanches and pin balling are a real possibility.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
Snow loading from the NW yesterday saw cornice build up in the lee and stripping of snow on windward slopes, new wind deposited snow overnight.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Over 10 cms of new snow overnight has fallen onto a well bonded snowpack. Melt/freeze snow at lower elevations is now covered with a thin layers of new snow. A stiff windslab will exist on several aspects above 2000 m, other areas have been stripped of snow due to the gale force winds from several directions. Caution is required on steep entry to slopes on most aspects.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Morning snow showers will clear to a mainly fine afternoon. The freezing level around 1100 m. Winds strong from the SW this morning will turn NW and moderate.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Hard and icy melt/freeze snow will now be covered by a thin layer of new snow. Use caution in and around steep terrain at lower elevations as uncontrolable high speed slides are still possible.

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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